Weather plays role in opening-weekend hunting success

image002BILLINGS — Weather in south central Montana played a big role in the opening day of the 2014 general big game season.

Saturday’s weather was warm – well into the 60s in most locations – and still. By Sunday temperatures dropped to the 50s, but the wind blew as fast as 50 miles per hour. As a result the number of hunters who brought home game was lower than last year and the long-term average.

At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Lavina check station wildlife biologist Ashley Taylor checked a record 496 hunters Saturday and Sunday. That is 23 percent more than the 21-year average of 402 hunters and 32 more than in 2013. Percentage of hunters with game was only 13 percent – the lowest rate on record. On average 27 percent of hunters coming through Lavina on opening weekend have game animals.

One bright spot at the Lavina check station was the number of elk checked. Taylor said hunters brought in 37 elk, compared to 22 last year and a long-term average of 11.

Sixteen mule deer were checked, down one from the same weekend last year and 62-percent below the long-term average. Only four white-tailed deer were brought in, down 15 from 2013 and 89 percent below average.

At Columbus, FWP wildlife biologist Shawn Stewart checked 235 hunters over the weekend – over the long-term average of 200 hunters, but below the 257 during the same weekend in 2013.

Only 22 percent of the hunters checked an animal – the lowest for opening day ever observed at Columbus.  Seventeen white-tail deer were checked – 29 percent below the long term average and 12 fewer than last year’s harvest.  Mule deer harvest was an all time low for opening day – with 21 checked – and 55 percent below the long term average.  Elk harvest was 11 animals – slightly more than double the long term average but 35 percent below last year’s record harvest of 27 animals.

At Big Timber, FWP wildlife biologist Justin Paugh checked 253 hunters over opening weekend – 33 fewer than in 2013.

Just 34 percent of the hunters who stopped at Big Timber had game – the second lowest opening day ever observed.  Only 2013 opening day success was lower.

Paugh checked 12 white-tailed deer over the weekend – 10 fewer than the same weekend last year and 45 percent below the long-term average. The mule deer harvest – 35 for the weekend – was near average and up 67% from the 21 checked last year.

The 12 elk that Paugh checked were the fewest since 2009 and two fewer than last year.

At Laurel, harvest was very low with only 28 animals checked. FWP research biologist Jay Watson checked 135 hunters – down 33 from 2013 and, well below the long term average. Over-all hunter success was very low with just 21 – down from 29.2percent last year.

White-tailed deer harvest was the lowest since 2001with only six animals checked – down from 18 in 2013.  The mule deer harvest was the lowest since at least 1999 with 16 checked – down from 29 last year.  Five elk were checked during the weekend. None came through Laurel last year.

Montana’s five-week general big-game season runs through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Hunters are reminded that they must stop at any check station they pass while hunting, whether or not they have harvested game. Check stations primarily are intended for biologists to gather statistical information about animals and hunters.

 

-FWP-

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Antelope hunter numbers up, harvest nearly flat

image002BILLINGS — Hunters who took advantage of this year opening weekend of antelope general season in south central Montana had warm, dry, calm conditions Saturday, but had to contend with rain and wind on Sunday.

More hunters stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana than during last year’s opening weekend. The harvest was slightly better than last year, but remained slower than the long-term average.

Hunters throughout the region reported seeing a few more antelope this year than in 2013, but the herds still are much smaller than the long term average, primarily because they continue to recover from diseases dating back to 2008.

At the Billings check station, hunter numbers were well ahead of last year for the opening weekend of antelope season while the number of harvested antelope was only slightly higher than in 2013.

FWP wildlife research specialist Jay Watson checked 156 hunters over the weekend at Billings, up from 113 during the same weekend in 2013. Hunters had 37 antelope, just two more than the same weekend last year. This year 24 percent of hunters who stopped at the check station had game compared to 35 percent on opening weekend in 2013.

Over the past 10 years, an average of 217 hunters have stopped at the Billings check station with 113 animals for a harvest ratio of 52 percent.

At the Big Timber check station, hunter numbers, the numbers of antelope harvested and percentage of hunters with game all were up from opening weekend in 2013.

FWP wildlife biologist Justin Paugh checked 322 hunters on Saturday and Sunday, up from 285 last year and well above the 10-year average of 262. He checked 155 antelope, up from 119 in 2013 and near the 10-year average of 157. This year 48 percent of hunters who stopped at Big Timber has harvested game, up from 43 percent during the same weekend last year but below the long-term average of 60 percent.

At FWP’s Broadview check station, hunter numbers were up from last year, but the number of animals harvested was exactly the same.

FWP wildlife biologist Ashley Beyer checked 196 hunters during the opening weekend of antelope season, compared to 170 during the same weekend in 2013. She checked 58 antelope during the two days, the same number as in 2013. As a result, the percentage of hunters with game fell to 30 percent this year while 35 percent of hunters who stopped at Broadview harvested game during opening weekend in 2013.

The Broadview numbers were down from the 10-year average. Over the past decade, an average of 226 hunters stopped at the check station with 105 animals for a harvest rate of 46 percent.

Hunters are reminded that they must stop at any check station they pass while hunting, whether or not they have harvested game. Check stations primarily are intended for biologists to gather statistical information about animals and hunters.

 

-FWP-

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Clean Angling News September 2014


CLEAN ANGLING NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2014
WE WANT TO DO BETTER

The Invasive Species Action Network (ISAN) has been publishing the Clean Angling News since 2009 and we are grateful for all of the supportive feedback we have gotten. However, we have never tried to formally assess how we can do a better job of getting you information about invasive species issues. A lot has changed since we put out the first issue of the News and the newsletter itself has changed some along the way. We are now hoping that you will help us to make the newsletter more useful.

We have prepared a very short survey that we hope you will take a minute to complete. The survey is designed to give us a better understanding of who our audience is and how we can best deliver high quality information to you. Thanks in advance for your help!. Take the survey


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We review news stories on a daily basis and post stories of interest on Facebook as we find them. However, we know that many of you are not using Facebook so here are the links we posted during October on our Facebook pages.

******* A reminder to those who follow us on Facebook: Facebook has begun to limit the number of people who receive our posts. Even if you have liked our Facebook page you may not be getting our posts in your news feed.The only way to make sure you are seeing our posts is to visit our page to see all of the content we publish.

Our Clean Angling Facebook page is where we post links that deal with fish, fishing, cleaning, boat inspections, and other issues of interest to anglers.

All New York Boaters need to be aware that a new law makes them responsible for not transporting invasives on their boats.

angler Alert – Two states in different parts of the US have reported spiny waterflea introductions. They are now in Minnesota’s Basswood Lake and New York’s Lake Champlain.

On our Invasive Species Action Network Facebook page we post all types of invasive species news including stories about all types of invaders, policy issues and other items of interest.

After cleaning up serious pollution problems in New York’s Onondaga Lake officials find they now have to tackle the invasives that moved in 

Minnesota officials have applied for federal permission to attempt to treat a lake with potash to try and eliminate zebra mussels. If approved, this will be the first water in Minnesota to be treated

Invasive lionfish have had a serious impact on many of our Southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Now experts are warning that climate change is likely to allow the invaders to move northward

Be sure to check out the new issue of “Invasives Quarterly”, a great publication from the US Fish & Wildlife Service

The extended drought in California is resulting in many Bay area homes being invaded by an invasive ant species

Eurasian collared doves are really spreading across the US. In Texas they have become very abundant and the best advice is to hunt them

Two states in different parts of the US have reported spiny waterflea introductions. They are now in New York’s Lake Champlain and also in Minnesota’s Basswood Lake 

Our Forest Pest Fly Tying Project Facebook page provides information for anyone concerned about the spread of forest pest insects. Visit the page and join the conversation about the problem and our unique fly tying program.

Hoping to join New Jersey as being Asian Longhorned Beetle free officials in New York thought they were almost there. Unfortunately a new discovery shows that there are more beetles than feared

Here is a link to the newest issue of the Asian Longhorned Beetle newsletter from APHIS

September 2014

September has been a very busy month for the Invasive Species Action Network but not such a busy time for good news stories. As a result, you will find fewer links in this month’s newsletter. It would be easy for us to fill the newsletter with links as the number of invasive species stories published each day continues to grow. However, many stories are of similar nature; even though they may take place thousands of miles apart. For example a story that a boat inspection is underway varies little from one location to another. Consequently, we filter these stories and try to avoid too much repetition.

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Although there have been no new felt restrictions recently, we continue to get more questions about felt bans than just about anything else. TheStatus of US Felt Restrictions page is where we track every felt ban or proposal that we know of. At this time we do not know of any additional restrictions under consideration but that can change at any time and we update the page every time we get new information.

I hope you will get in touch with me if you have questions or invasive species stories to share.

Bob Wiltshire
Executive Director ISAN

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Christmas Party

Title: Christmas Party
Location: Sunset Bowl
Description: 12/13/14
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Community Effort Set to End Wild Turkey Feeding

image002RED LODGE – Though Red Lodge city ordinances prohibit people from feeding wild animals, some residents continue to supply food for a flock of wild turkeys. The result is an unnatural, unhealthy concentration of turkeys in town.

City officials are asking all Red Lodge residents to help disperse the turkeys into a more natural setting by discontinuing feeding in town. Even people who are not putting food in their yards need to help their neighbors understand the consequences of illegally feeding wildlife.

Those consequences include a flock of turkeys that is dependent on unnatural food sources, possible avian diseases resulting from the unnatural concentration, bird droppings in places frequented by residents and pets, and possible attraction of bears, deer, lions and other unintended wildlife. Legal consequences may include written warnings from city police and fines of $100 to $300.

Without artificial food sources, wild turkeys normally would not stay in town. They would naturally disperse into more rural environs to find food and shelter.

In the past few years, Red Lodge homes and many businesses installed bear-proof garbage cans, which removed a significant food source for bears. As a result, bears no longer find food easily available in Red Lodge, so they forage in the forests. Conflicts between bears and people have declined noticeably. Red Lodge officials want to see the same results with turkeys.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists and game wardens, Red Lodge Mayor Ed Williams and Police Chief Steve Hibler have agreed to cooperate with Red Lodge residents in an effort to end feeding so the wild turkeys will disperse into their natural rural habitat.

 

-FWP-

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Fire Restrictions Lifted at Stillwater County Fishing Access Sites

image002BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has rescinded restrictions on campfires and smoking at its fishing access sites in Stillwater County.

In July, FWP followed Stillwater County’s lead and imposed Stage I fire restrictions at its properties. Under Stage I restrictions, campfires were banned at fishing access sites and smoking was limited to vehicles, buildings and areas cleared of vegetation.

After a week of rain, high relative humidity, cool temperatures and predictions of snow, Stillwater County officials found that the danger of wildfire had decreased to the point where they could rescind the restrictions. The change takes effect immediately.

All fire restrictions now have been lifted in south central Montana..

 

-FWP-

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Camp Make a Dream Tournament

campCamp Make a Dream tournament held at Canyon Ferry Lake August 2, 2014. 36 teams signed up to fish the tournament. Becky Heil and Henry Yager fished as a team and Greg Heil and Bobby Rausch fished as a team. Henry caught an 18 1/4 ” Walleye and that was the biggest fish caught amongst the PikeMasters fishing the tournament. Lots of dinks… I think it was a 23″ walleye that won the tournament. Clay Buckmiller and Rob Marshall were there Friday evening for the barbeque and rules meeting, mingling and selling hats, T-shirts, PikeMaster lures, and memberships. Couple new members signed up and a couple items sold. It was a very warm weekend with little wind.
Sunday Greg, Becky, and Bobby went out fishing before heading home. It took a while and trying different things but we did catch a few small walleyes we could bring home. Greg had a couple of baby walleye that inhaled the hooks and couldn’t be returned. As Bobby said a half a bite of fish. We caught walleye, some perch, and Bobby caught a nice Rainbow trout.

It was a good weekend and a fun tournament!

 

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FWP Looking for Information on Stillwater Poaching

image002BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally south of Columbus over the weekend.

Game warden Paul Luepke said the mule deer buck was shot illegally sometime late Saturday or earlySunday on private land eight miles south of Columbus. The poacher removed most of the meat, but left the head and antlers, he said.

FWP is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to a conviction of the persons responsible for the illegal kill.

Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Luepke at (406) 690-8888 or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in conviction of persons who abuse Montana’s natural, historic or cultural resources.

 

-FWP-

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Seven Hunter Education Classes Set in Yellowstone County

image002BILLINGS — Seven hunter education classes and a field day for adult online students are set for September in Yellowstone County.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must take a hunter education class to qualify for a Montana hunting license.

Students may pre-register online by visiting the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website at http://fwp.mt.gov and following the links to “education” and “hunter education.”  Students must be at least 11 years old to register for the classes.

Here is the schedule of 2014 fall classes in Yellowstone County:

Laurel High School

Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 8-12 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 13 – field day – Riverside Park

 

Lewis and Clark Middle School – chorus or auditorium

Monday Sept. 8, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 15-19 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 20 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Will James – cafeteria and adjoining classrooms

Monday Sept. 15, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 22-26 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 27 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Lockwood

Monday Sept. 8, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 15-19 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 20 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Shepherd High School

Monday Sept. 15, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 22-26 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 27 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

 

Riverside – cafeteria, chorus or auditorium

Monday Sept. 15, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 22-26 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 27 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Castle Rock – cafeteria and adjoining classrooms

Monday Sept. 8, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 15-19 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 20 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to register. There is no maximum age and adult hunters, including parents, are encouraged to take the class and earn hunter education certification.

The classes teach Montanans to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters. The free classes are taught by certified volunteers and include a registration/orientation night, a full week of classes and a hands-on field day.Students must attend the registration night for orientation and to pick up class materials. Students must attend all sessions, pass the class and successfully complete field day activities to be certified.

Students older than 18 years old may take the class online and complete a special hands-on field day. To complete the class, go to http://fwp.mt.gov and follow the “education” and “hunter education” links. The field day for online students is set for 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Riverside Park south of Laurel. Students who complete the online class will be directed to registration information for the field exercise.

 

-FWP-

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Stillwater, Treasure counties added to fire-restricted areas

image002BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has banned campfires and restricted other fires at all fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Stillwater and Treasure counties.

Tuesday officials in Stillwater and Treasure counties voted to issue Stage I restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted, and allow smoking only in vehicles and areas three feet in diameter that are cleared of flammable materials.

Montana FWP has no exemptions for campfires in fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in the two counties. People still may cook on an LP gas or propane stove that can be turned on and off.

The restrictions are in response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires. They will be in effect until further notice.

 

-FWP-

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